General Discussion, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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  1. texan59 says:

    Well, it’s certainly not been a boring few weeks observing the political landscape. It certainly appears as thought there aren’t many in DC who know how to take a punch. They’ve been giving them out a tad too long. It’s enjoyable to watch. But this bloodsport requires a strong Constitution (in more ways than one), and coffee. Lots and lots. Coffee up y’all. We’re not quite half-way through the week. πŸ˜†

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  2. patternpuzzler says:

    Thanks for the brew, Tex. I’ll be glad when I get time to get caught up on my late reading of the news! Speaking of which, I’m turning in early, so the Days in American History are getting posted early tonight – long day tomorrow so I’ll catch up then, I guess. Have a good night, kiddies – catch you on the sunny side!

    This day in American History: March 8

    1817: The New York Stock Exchange is founded.

    1855: The first train crosses the majestic new suspension bridge at Niagara Falls. The world’s first large railroad suspension bridge is the work of immigrant German engineer John A. Roebling.

    1864: Ulysses S. Grant arrives in Washington to meet President Lincoln and receive a promotion to lieutenant general, which makes him second only to the president in command of the army. It is a startling turn of fortune for Grant, who has a reputation for hard drinkfing, had been forced out of the army, and was at times reduced to selling firewood on street corners.

    1884: Susan B. Anthony addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment.

    1915: 1st US navy minelayer, the Baltimore, commissioned
    1916: US invades Cuba for 3rd time, this to end corrupt Menocal regime
    1924: Coal mine explosion kills 171 at Castle Gate Utah
    1936: The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    1948: US Supreme Court rules in McCollum v. Board of Education that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional

    1950: VW bus, icon of counterculture movement, goes into production
    1953: Census indicates 239,000 farmers gave up farming in last 2 years

    1961: US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from SC in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs.

    1962: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1965: 1st US combat forces arrive in Da Nang, Vietnam (3,500 Marines)
    1971: Ali battles Frazier for heavyweight championship
    1980: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1983: IBM releases PC DOS version 2.0
    1991: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1994: US Defense Department announces smoking ban in workplaces

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      1994: Ma’s Coffee Pot on I-196 in South Haven Closes, because smoking was banned in workplaces. Nobody who frequented the place minded the smokers. They loved them, even. they were our octogenerian crop-dusters, truckers, cops, and late-night after-bar snackers.

      You could go there, 24 hours, and have a cup of coffee and a cigarette.

      Ma’s has weeds around it now.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        (Ma’s closed in about 2008, actuallly. But that’s why.)

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Probably mostly other smokers.

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      • patternpuzzler says:

        Sorry I didn’t get a chance to respond to this yesterday. I think a great cultural tradition went the way of Ma’s Coffee Pot back then. In smaller towns, farmers and locals would gather int he local diners in the morning as purely social events, as were the late night gathering of breakfast after bar groups. Literally a social tradition. What a damned shame that we’re more isolated because of that one stupid rule. Don’t see many roadside diners anymore – just tons of paper cutout chains with the same menus anywhere you go.

        It’s quite sad. Very ironic that many movie plots have at least a couple scenes in just the kind of diners we talk about. Sorry you lot Ma’s.

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    • michellc says:

      I’ve been spending a lot of time in the barn and pasture, goats and cows don’t keep you up to date on the news, but I think they’re probably better company than politicians and media. πŸ™‚

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Very sad day in American History. What, and Who is next?

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    • Menagerie says:

      With this will go not just history, but the character and soul of a people. My grandchildren and great-grandchildren, deprived of their history and heritage, will not have the same identity and values as their forefathers.

      Liberals are thinking, yes, they won’t be racist. Ha, they won’t be much but cookie cutter zombies if we old people let this happen to them.

      I have said this before, and it’s true. As a child, I always heard stories of this old woman or that one, very old even then, whose grandfather fought in the war. They sat on their knees and heard stories. In a way, the war was still alive. Reconstruction broke the back of the South, and my generation, my forefathers, we still felt that resentment, that prideful pain.

      Years ago I took a friend who moved here from Texas around to the Battlefield sites because he wanted to see, to try to understand why he encountered this place where a war fought over a century ago was so real to people.

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      • shiloh1973 says:

        They don’t want to teach the children not to be racist, they don’t want them to know what a civil war does to a country and how close we came to losing our country. That way they won’t mind trying it again. Our country and our freedom are in deep peril right now. I feel it could go either way.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Shiloh, Hi. I have been wondering how you are. I haven’t read all the comments and may have missed you ’til now. How are your hands doing? Did you ever hear anything about your dog?

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          • shiloh1973 says:

            The dog has been put down and my stitches come out tomorrow. The hole in my heart will never heal. I have been laying off internet posting because I was brutalized on FB for how I handled the situation. While I was on my way to the hospital, my neighbor came to my house to try and get the dog out. He too, was attacked, so he destroyed the dog. People on FB, including friends, blasted me for not taking the dog to the vet to have him put down. Not sure how we could get him in a car when he was trying to tear us apart. I will never be the same.

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    • 😑

      Censoring history is not a way to deal with bad things that happened in history. Especially when you take into consideration that the war did not devolve in to guerilla warfare and the leaders during the war respected the other side after it.

      This is what happens when kids get taught screwed up history in school and when Leftists decide to ban something as part of their moral posturing and virtue signaling.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      It’s been a big thing on the news for a few days.
      Mayor is an unapologetic suck-up and the city’s demographics and ‘politics’ have changed post-Katrina. There’s a portion of the population that isn’t native American, has zero interest in the culture and history of the area and stands back from the debate. You also have a new group that’s moved in for the 24/7/365 party atmosphere and have various reasons for supporting the vocal revisionists.
      The city’s black and white political powers are balanced enough to where the liberal powers have an edge and the ‘old’ monuments (and to come, street names) have been an issue with the active liberal powers in the city for some time. It appears that the removal of the monuments is less of an act of moral outrage than a multipronged move of poltical action.
      The actors had an issue with one monument in particular, it used to be prominantly displayed on Canal Street, and sfter a fight it was relocated, in 1989, to a side street off of Canal. That was it until the Obamanauts decided to start redefining what was to be acceptable in a historical revisionist setting and the issue of monuments was fired up all over the South. The issue herebis seen as heavily tied to the mayor’s and his sister’s (ex-Senstor Landrieu) political careers more than any sense of moral outrage. He has been in office since 2010 and was well aware, being a native and son of a former mayor, of the Libery Place monument issue yet until the local historical revisionists decided to follow the national prompt and raise the monument issue he never msde a peep about them. Only after the local Rat factions started a move tonsee if they had enough political.power to force the city into an action did he put on the cloak.
      Next issue is going to be renaming streets and parks that have the names of any white Southerner who was alive during the Great Warbof Northern Aggression. A complete, if you’ll excuse the expression, whitewashing and whiteouting of American history.
      Meanwhile the base population of the city still struggles with poverty and illiteracy rates that rival sone 3rd world countries while their guiding lights and spiritual leaders feast off of the fat of the land. On a sidebar, the post-Civil War racist past of the city is firmly in the lap of the Democrstic Party, the Rats were the ones actively promoting black rights and voter suppression during and after Reconstruction. Then again, irony has never been a Rat strongpoint.

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  3. nyetneetot says:

    “Candygram”

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  4. amwick says:

    ‘Morning Figments,
    I have a medical appointment at 8, it is a bit of a drive,, so of course I am up and about early. Tennis today is in jeopardy because of possible rain.. crosses fingers Be safe everyone.

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  5. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts and coffee!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  7. lovely says:

    By the way folks if you ever wonder how President Trump feels about loyalty Dan Scavino, Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media started out as Mr. Presidents caddy.

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  8. lovely says:

    How beautiful is life?

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  9. auscitizenmom says:

    I was just watching some of the videos of Judge Napolitano and Monica Crowley talking about the Deep State and how dangerous all of this is. I wonder if that might be another reason that Melania and Barron stayed in NY. Maybe it is safer there. Barron finishing up this year’s school is reason enough, but I just wondered if there was more.

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    • Maybe. But as far as I am concerned, Melania can stay wherever she wants. Liberals are beside themselves over it, but 1) I voted for her husband, not her, and 2) at least she’s not flying all over the world on taxpayer money.

      The problem with the Obamas is that I was so put out by their behavior all the time that I just can’t react to things anymore. Melania won’t move to DC? Well la da frickin da. How about some reporting on relevant news instead of angsting over what the First Lady is or is not doing?

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    • Sharon says:

      Be patient.

      If there’s not “more” someone will eventually make it up.

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    • amwick says:

      I read one of the click bait articles about celebrity IQs… if you believe any of that, Baron is way up there… good…

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Great giraffe pic series, first thing that came to mind was: ” Good Morning, Mam. What do you know about the Mormon Church and would you like to know more?”

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  11. stella says:

    My power just went out, then came back on again. High winds …

    If I disappear, you will know why.

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  12. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook:

    I gathered 20 disturbing statistical findings on Muslims. Here are just five of the statistics:

    More than 60 million Muslims have a favorable view of ISIS

    81% of Muslims support ISIS ideology

    700 million Muslims want Islamic Law; 266 million want it forced on Everyone in the world

    Sweden: Muslim Migrants are responsible for 95% of all crimes

    Germany: Muslim migrants committed 142,500 crimes in first six months of 2016 β€” 780 every day

    Italy: More immigrants has meant more crime. The study found that among Italian citizens there are 4.3 convicted criminals per 1000; for legal immigrants the rate is double; and among illegal immigrants the crime rate soared to more than 50 percent.

    America: Muslims dominate in immigration in a record high of 42.4M Muslims immigrants to America.

    Clink link for all 20 including links to the reports:

    http://www.cheriberens.net/stats-about-muslims-you-should-know.html

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And I do believe that this has all been discussed here before, meaning that previous discussions highlighting the coming battle as a ‘war of weasel words’ is accurate. When elephants fight only the grass gets trampled….prepare to get stomped.

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  13. stella says:

    This is one of the first things I thought of when reading about remote takeover of vehicle control systems:

    Wikileaks CIA Revelations Refuel Speculation That Author Michael Hastings Was Murdered by Deep State Operatives

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/wikileaks-reveals-cia-ability-hack-cars-assassinations/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Jeepers, now where could you have previously read about, saaaaay about two years ago, the Feds DARPA-developed technology that allows the remote takeover of privately-owned vehicles?

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Or the hacking of cellphones allowing 3rd parties to listen in, or the use of the mics/cameras on computers and home entertainment systems…? OK, you could have picked it up in DC and Beltway bars deep into Happy Hour, on the DC buses, Metro and commuter trains, but other than that by just sitting back with some tea/coffee and a bacon sammich?

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  14. The Tundra PA says:

    Morning all! Here is your IDITAROD update. It’s cold. I mean really, really COLD. Killer cold. Frostbiting cold. Hard to breathe cold. It is -35 degrees and the wind is blowing. Yesterday Jesse Royer, a veteran musher from Montana, frostbit 3 of her fingers and is having a pretty hard time taking care of the injury while doing dog care. It is hard to even move in this kind of cold. It’s called Iron Winter.

    The front end of the race consists of about 10 mushers, of which Aliy is one and the only woman. They rotate holding the lead as they follow their pre-planned run and rest schedule. They have left the village of Tanana (TAN-a-naw) and are headed 120 miles downriver through absolute wilderness to the village of Ruby. The trail is all on the Yukon River which is 2-3 miles wide in many places and the wind can be fierce. Aliy is planning to do it in 2 six-hour runs with a long rest in the middle. I’ll be interested to see who takes their mandatory 24-hour rest at Ruby.

    Go Aliy!

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  15. It could happen, right? πŸ˜‰

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  16. stella says:

    I’m concentrating on cooking this afternoon, rather than politics. I roasted three huge beets, and made a beet and red onion salad (with balsamic). Also made a starter for ciabatta rolls to bake tomorrow. Resting on the counter for 20 hours or so …

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  17. stella says:

    This is for Wooly. Posted on Facebook, the guy in the upper left is a picture of Ace (from 2013 CPAC):

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  18. Cetera says:

    I’ve been reading Sundance’s comments next door, and not wanting to undermine him publicly when things are very delicate, but I do want to discuss a few things a bit more in depth, if anyone is interested.

    I think he’s very much mistaken and misguided in fighting for the 3-step repeal and replace process, and preserving the 60-vote filibuster.

    1.) The 3-step process is required because of the need to use reconciliation.
    2.) Reconciliation is required because passing bills in the Senate needs to overcome a filibuster, needing a cloture vote of 60+.
    3.) The 60 votes for cloture are needed because of Senate rules enacted in 1917, and have nothing what-so-ever to do with the Consitution.

    I get that Sundance wants to preserve the 60 vote requirement for overriding a filibuster, for purposes of civility and for the inevitable times when we are no longer in power. All things being equal, I think that is a commendable goal.

    However, all things are not equal. The Constitution was pissed on by Clinton, torn asunder by GW, and the pieces burned by Obama. The left has absolutely and unequivocally declared war on all things moral, decent, true, holy, and conservative. They do not currently, and have not for a long time, believed in the rule of law. They believe in the rule of themselves, and justify it by their twisted sense of entitlement and their belief in the progressive arc of history.

    These people are literally insane, and they are literally fomenting violent revolution, the extermination of anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do, and the overthrow of the Constitutional Republic, which they will overthrow and replace with a fascist police state, all the the name of opposing fascism. They have started riots. They have attacked innocents. They have burned buildings and property. They have dressed in uniforms and carried signs proclaiming that this is, in fact, war. In the name of free speech, (and on two college campuses that claim to espouse free speech) they physically attacked a gay jew for being anti-semtic and gender-oppressive, and professor (who denounces conservatives, by the way) because he wrote a book 30 years ago that postulated that IQ and intelligence have a genetic component.

    And yet, we want to pretend to if we but don’t implement our agenda in a Constitutional manner, and preserve a meaningless rule that is completely arbitrary, that somehow, if we’re ever in the minority again, we can depend upon their good graces and sense of historical decorum that they’ll let us stop anything they happen to desire because we can claim a holy filibuster???!?!?!!!???!!?!?!?!!?!

    And as a side effect of nonsensically pretending that preserving this magic filibuster is a worthwhile goal, we now have to cede the initiative and rely upon the individuals who have betrayed us not once, not twice, not three times, but over four elections and the last 21 years, and think that this time will be different? This time those guys who claim to be our enemies, and keep stabbing us in the back, just as the scorpion did the frog, that this time it will be different???!?!?!

    Does anyone else see a problem with this plan?

    [/rant off]

    A Hillary election win would have guaranteed a civil war in less than a year. There could be no other rational response to the attempts to prevent the sale of ammunition and the undermining of the second amendment. A Trump win gave us the possibility of avoiding civil war, but not the certainty. I don’t think this is any time to be ceding anything to anyone, and certainly not to Paul Ryan.

    There is still much blood and pain to be suffered in payment of our national sins. This isn’t going to mitigate that. It is going to demand more blood and pain be offered, not less. Trump isn’t a perfect guy, he’s going to make mistakes. I’m OK with that. I think he needs to be redirected when he does make them. He’ll learn. But this particular mistake I suspect will cost him everything, including his Presidency. He won’t lose the office, but he’ll lose all power and the ability to make anything else happen, which amounts to the same thing.

    God, please look after us, and your servant Donald Trump. Help him navigate the nest of the brood of vipers, and turn our nation back towards you. May God bless the United States of America.

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    • stella says:

      I understand where both you, and Sundance, are coming from.

      I’ll say this. If (and it’s an IF) the Republicans are able to change the rules and repeal Obamacare on 51 votes, you are opening the door to all kinds of future mischief, when Republicans no longer control the Senate, and it will be sooner rather than later.

      Be careful what you ask for, and don’t condemn without more thought about this.

      In addition, cooperation on future legislation, and public support, will be lessened.

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      • Cetera says:

        I hear you, Stella, and I understand. I just believe that it is the biggest mistake of Trump’s life, and of Sundance’s.

        If there comes a point when Republicans no longer control the Senate, and we have not imprisoned Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and about 25,000 other co-conspirators in D.C., and if the swamp is not fully drained by that point, then the filibuster won’t matter. 40 votes won’t save us.

        The Constitution died under GW’s watch, when he killed it at the same time he killed the free market to save the free market. Obama well and truly buried it with Obamacare.

        We’re in a war, not for freedom, not for independence, not for liberty, justice, truth, or to make America great again. We’re in a war for survival. Battle is, in fact, joined. Hillary is rumored to have said that if Trump wins, they all die. The left always, always projects. If they ever win again, we do all die. There will be no dawn, and there will be no justice, and there will be no Constitution.

        There is no magic dirt that turns refugees and immigrants into new citizens full of civic virtue, willing to defend our ideals, morals, and the proposition that we were all created equal in the eyes of God.

        There is no magic filibuster that will save us if we do not drain the swamp and build a new keep over it.

        If we lost the election, it was over. Winning the election didn’t win us anything. It just gave us more time to fight. The fight has not changed, merely the battleground. There can be no retreat, no surrender. Katie bar the door, because this is for all the marbles. We win, survive, and eliminate the enemy at this juncture, or we lose, and we are eliminated ourselves.

        Sucks, but that’s how it goes in a civil war. We didn’t start it, but by God, we had better end it, or else.

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        • stella says:

          How do you intend to imprison Obama, Clinton etc? That can’t be done by Congress. It could be done by the DOJ, assuming there is sufficient evidence. It has nothing whatever to do with Congress.

          I think you are wrong, and I think it is because you are coming from a place of emotion, rather than reality.

          Yes, the 60 vote limit means something, and changing it to win a vote could cost Republicans the Senate completely next year. It could also cost Trump a loss of public support. Your insistence that we change the vote to a simple majority may be what causes us to lose the battle.

          ADD: The worst thing that could happen is that the simple majority vote occurs, and we lose anyway. Then we have lost the whole ballgame. That is a very real possibility.

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          • Cetera says:

            The worst thing that could happen is that the simple majority vote occurs, and we lose anyway. Then we have lost the whole ballgame. That is a very real possibility.

            That is truly the only reason for the discussion, and it is also the reason I haven’t made any comments on the Tree House.

            As for the rest, there is plenty there to imprison both Hillary and Barack already, between the server, Benghazi, FISA, etc. It will take a messy court battle, some extreme political will, and probably armed troops dispersing riots, but it is something that needs to happen, should happen, and would be absolutely just.

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            • stella says:

              Just so I understand what you are saying (your original comment was unclear on this point, I thought) – prosecution of Obama, Clinton etc has nothing to do with Congress.

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              • Cetera says:

                Right, prosecution has nothing to do with Congress. It is just one of those things that needs to happen, in a very public manner. If those people listed aren’t in prison, exile, or dead by the time we lose control of the Senate, then the likelihood of each one of us dying in a prison or on the streets rather than home in bed with family goes up approximately 1000%. At that point, we will have lost the ability to make any changes, and the deep state and globalists will be unchecked, and we will lose.

                You’ve linked the Monica Crowley video discussing that this really is a WAR. Full tilt, no-holds-barred, war. She is absolutely correct, and I don’t think there are that many would even argue that point. It is a civil war, that so far hasn’t involved gunfire exchanges in the streets. It probably will, but hasn’t yet, and with the grace of God won’t.

                The thing that is killing me inside, is the refusal of our team to actually fight that war. We aren’t going to win this war by exchanging pleasantries over cigars and brandy in the library, and it is useless to pretend that we will.

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                • stella says:

                  Perhaps it isn’t a “refusal of our team to actually fight that war” – at least, not in all cases.

                  Wars are won, in part, by successful strategy, not just might and a just cause.

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                  • Cetera says:

                    Too true, too true. I’m probably more irritated today because I’ve been ill. I sure hope President Trump takes care of business. If he can’t, there isn’t another option, nor time. He’s done a great job so far.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Am understanding your position. Public support is what needs to be seen and heard, imo. The supporters far outnumber the anarchists.

      Lessening people’s cycnicism and giving people a reason to feel hope and joy again seems to be our job. Pres Trump’s instincts have so far been fairly reliable. Sometimes, one just need trust again.

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      • Cetera says:

        Trust, but verify. There can be no trust with traitors, ever. Trust can only be earned. It can never be given. One can think they are bestowing unearned trust in the name of charity, friendship, etc., but ti isn’t trust that they are giving. They are instead trying to grant forgiveness and mercy to someone who is unrepentant. Forgiveness and mercy must and shall always be granted to the penitent, but by definition cannot be granted to the unrepentant. Instead they are giving power and creating their own victimhood.

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        • stella says:

          Never forget the practical aspects. We are trying to make huge legislative changes with a slim minority majority in the Senate, and several Republican Senators who are wobbly. Regardless of what we think of our GOPe Senators, their votes count.

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        • stella says:

          More of the political aspects here:

          https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/07/repealing-and-replacing-obamacare-much-confusion-is-in-the-process/

          One big one (but not the only one):

          Repeal alone would mean 100% of Americans could immediately be thrown into a state of immediate loss of coverage, and tens of millions -especially those currently using medicaid- certainly would. And not a single Democrat would be in a hurry to create another construct with the 2018 election coming and their ability to say β€œrepublicans destroyed your healthcare” etc.

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          • amwick says:

            I have to confess that first part of that quoted statement threw me… Why would employer based health insurance plans be impacted?. There must be something basic that I don’t understand.

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            • stella says:

              I’m not sure I understand what you are talking about. Can you quote what you don’t understand?

              Employer-based health insurance plans are impacted by Obamacare – what must be covered, who must be covered, limits of coverage etc. Including laws about all employers with a certain number of employees must supply health insurance, no pre-existing condition limits, no maximums etc.

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              • amwick says:

                “Repeal alone would mean 100% of Americans could immediately be thrown into a state of immediate loss of coverage,” this is what has me flummoxed.

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                • Cetera says:

                  There would be legal issues, certainly, but most Americans wouldn’t lose their insurance. At least not immediately.

                  The subsidies would instantly cease and would have never been for this year, which may affect individuals’ ability to pay for their coverage. The money given by the feds to insurance companies to provide coverage over the exchanges would instantly cease, and that may also cause revocation of policies issued on the exchanges due to failure to pay, or even failure of the insurance companies.

                  That may then snowball back to all insurance providers. That would be ugly and messy too. Certainly lots would lose coverage. Probably more than 50% of the country would. Sundance may have been using hyperbole to make his point.

                  Honestly, I’m not at all certain that isn’t the best thing to have happen. We shouldn’t be fixated on providing health coverage for Americans anyway. Repeal EMTALA, repeal all the medical monopoly crap, and start prosecuting the medical orgs that don’t list prices, and don’t charge the same price for all, and suddenly the cost of medical care will drop ~90%, overnight. Then everyone can go without coverage, and still be better off. We might even be able to get back to a real “insurance” system again, and not the socialist ponzi payola scheme we have now.

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                  • stella says:

                    I look at the loss of insurance coverage from the political point of view, more than the problems for some people who really need their insurance, although that is an issue too.

                    If you are a cancer patient in the middle of a treatment course and you suddenly lose your insurance, would that upset you? Or if it was your wife, or mother or grandmother? Another thing that you may not have considered is that hospitals and doctors sometimes won’t treat a patient even if they are able to pay. That happened to my ex-husband who had cancer and no insurance (he was too young for Medicare, and not able to be covered under Medicaid, although he was broke and unemployed (single male). His friends and family raised the money for surgery, but the hospital wouldn’t allow it because he had no insurance. Don’t ask me why – maybe because he had no cash safety net. Of course he got hospital care, because they can’t refuse to treat a patient with palliative care.

                    ADD: He died, by the way.

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                  • amwick says:

                    TY. I lost my insurance, a great and affordable plan due to ACA…. THis is personal to me. Very personal. I am on the oldish side, but years away from Medicare… I am and will be paying huge premiums.. SNAP

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I agree with keeping the 60 vote level, if for no other reason than it underlines democracy. If one party’s doctrine can’t attract enough support to grab 60 seats then 60 percent of the body should show where the interest of the electorate is. Then we can talk civil war.
      Anyway, the limited ownership of ammunition line was first brought up during the Clinton administration. The call was for household to be forbidden to own over 1000 total rounds of ammunition without a special Federal license. That license would have had to have local approval, an inspection, require storage facilities built to Federal standards and would have put most shooters in a real bind. Progs learned long ago that gun control was nowhere near as effective as ammunition control.

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      • Cetera says:

        I disagree vociferously that it underlines democracy. I’m not going to get into an argument over republic vs. democracy either. 60% majorities just don’t have anything to do with a democracy, with our republic, or with our Constitution, and very little historically. They’ve been a part of the Senate for roughly 1/3rd of the time we’ve had a Senate. There isn’t anything keeping that 60%, other than our naivete, and the good will of the enemies currently burning down the house. If you’re at a point where you have to trust the guys burning down the house, then you’ve already lost in every meaningful way it is possible to lose.

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  19. stella says:

    Seen on Facebook (Alicia Colon):

    There’s always another side of the story that you just won’t get from the MSM. Remember the father of that Navy Seal who died in Yemen who blasted Trump? Here’s a bit from an email I received from a close friend of family: the latest news story coming out about Ryan’s father and his wanting to press charges against the Pentagon for it’s mishandling of the mission. I wonder if the press will ever bother to check their facts and discover that Ryan had not had a meaningful relationship with his father in many years. His parents divorced when Ryan was five, and his dad has been married multiple times since then. His dad refused to talk to Trump when he came to the airport. He has been a non Trump supporter all along. Jill said that Carryn’s family described him as being rude, standing back, apart from the rest of the family, when Trump and Ivanka came to comfort the family. He didn’t bother to listen to anything Trump had to say about the raid.

    Jill said that this negative news story, coming out at this time about the mission, will devastate Carryn. All she wants to do right now is grieve and have some time alone with her children. She said Ryan would be turning in his grave at his father’s sudden “interest” in his son’s life. One has to wonder what his motivation is for this attack on the Pentagon.

    Just one more addition to my email. I spoke with Jill again. She just heard from Carryn that she and and her parents are going to Trump’s Address to Congress tonight. She hates being in the public like this, but she is doing it to honor Ryan.

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  20. Wooly Phlox says:

    Aaron is a vocal magician. Daryl gets better every year.

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  21. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  22. texan59 says:

    You better get your order in quick. This book has shot up to Top 10 on the Amazon book charts! First edition will be gone before you know it. Red some of the reviews. AWESOME!!! 😯 😯

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/14214/book-blank-pages-mocking-democrats-rockets-top-amanda-prestigiacomo

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  23. auscitizenmom says:

    Well, it appears to me that the whole TSA thing is about to blow up in their faces. And, what about those water bottles?
    “TSA Agents Authorized To Get Even More β€˜Intimate’ With Your Body”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/tsa-agents-authorized-get-even-more-intimate-your-body

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